November 9, 2012 2:41 AM Subscribe
A friend of mine gave me a damaged portable hard drive to see if I can rescue some of his data. It has a SATA connector and it gets recognized by the BIOS, although it tells me that the SMART readings are bad. I can't access it under Windows but I booted to a Linux image and I could mount the drive and look at the contents. The Files are still there but they are all the same size, 4kb. I don't know anything about data rescue so I didn't want to experiment too much as not to damage the drive further. I downloaded some Linux Boot images, Knoppix, SystemRescueCD and UltimateBootCD, which all have various tools for hard drive diagnostic and repairs. Now what would you suggest to try first?